Restaurants in Memphis, TN

Memphis sees a lot of action. Pilgrims come to wail the blues or to hobnob with high-cotton society, and they come to honor Elvis Presley. The culinary scene boasts a remarkable range of good restaurants fine and funky (and some that are both). Barbecue is the banner meal, pork, of course — on the rib, chopped to smithereens, or pulled from the slow-cooked shoulder in bite-size shreds. In this city, you will find such beguiling curiosities as barbecue pizza, barbecue salad, and barbecue spaghetti; but the primary things to eat are ribs—wet or dry—and the Memphis specialty known as a pig sandwich. Two long-time favorites are Charlie Vergos Rendezvous, which is a beer-hall party that features intense dry-rub ribs, and Cozy Corner, where Cornish hens, ribs, and pork shoulder might be the best smoke-cooked meats in town. Beyond BBQ, consider such eating gems as The Arcade (since 1919) for biscuits and country ham and the Little Tea Shop (1918) for pot likker and plate lunch.

Memphis’s Best Restaurants

Dyer’s Burgers - Hamburger
Dyer’s Burgers

MEMPHIS, TN

Woman’s Exchange - 4 Vegetable Plate
Woman’s Exchange

MEMPHIS, TN

Blue Plate Café - Banana Pancakes
Blue Plate Café

MEMPHIS, TN

Charlie Vergos Rendezvous - Dry Ribs
Charlie Vergos Rendezvous

MEMPHIS, TN

Barksdale Restaurant - Biscuits
Barksdale Restaurant

MEMPHIS, TN

Arcade - Ham
Arcade

MEMPHIS, TN

Payne’s - Barbecue Bologna
Payne’s

MEMPHIS, TN

Cozy Corner - BBQ Cornish Hen
Cozy Corner

MEMPHIS, TN

Interstate Bar-B-Q - Pork Sandwich
Interstate Bar-B-Q

MEMPHIS, TN

Gus’s World Famous Hot and Spicy Chicken

MEMPHIS, TN

Little Tea Shop

MEMPHIS, TN

Alcenia’s

MEMPHIS, TN

Central BBQ

MEMPHIS, TN

Bryant’s Breakfast

MEMPHIS, TN

Earnestine and Hazel’s

MEMPHIS, TN

Alex’s Tavern

MEMPHIS, TN

Cupboard Restaurant - Vegetable Plate
Cupboard Restaurant

MEMPHIS, TN

Leonard’s - Pork BBQ Sandwich
Leonard’s

MEMPHIS, TN

Half-and-half pizza: BBQ & Italian meats & veggies ... Memphis BBQ Italian style
Coletta’s | Memphis BBQ Italian Style in the Elvis Room

MEMPHIS, TN

A&R Bar-B-Que - Barbecue Sandwich
A&R Bar-B-Que | Memphis BBQ at its Best

MEMPHIS, TN

Four Way Restaurant | Memphis Soul Food Destination

MEMPHIS, TN

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